Back Pain

Back Pain

Back pain in children and young people is common. But most cases are not caused by a serious problem. It usually gets better on its own within a few weeks. Encourage your child to stay active. Sitting around or lying in bed for more than a couple of days can make it harder to get moving again. Backs don’t generally like to be still. Try to gradually get back to normal activities and do some form of regular exercise. Try not to game, watch TV, read or study for too long in one position.

How does the Back Work?

Below is a picture of a back and the normal curves we would expect to see.

The spine is made up of bones called vertebrae. They are connected by ligaments (strong soft tissue connections between the bones). Shock absorbing discs separate the vertebrae. The bones provide structure and support and they protect the spinal cord and nerves. Muscles attach to the spine and allow mobility.

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